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Preparing the UK for the exit from the EU

Current position

On 29 March 2017, following the public vote to leave the European Union (EU), the UK triggered Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon commencing the process of withdrawal from the EU, commonly referred to as Brexit.

Leaving the EU will mean there are a number of changes that will affect business and individuals. Comprehensive information has been produced by the government to support everyone in their preparations to make the transition as smooth as possible. The most up-to-date information for residents and businesses can be found on Prepare for EU Exit.

Information for residents

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK you will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status if you wish to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021, if a deal is agreed. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal you must apply to the scheme before 31 December 2020.

You will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. This is a free process.

If you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Full guidance has been published on the apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) page.

As a local authority we are unable to provide immigration advice. However, you can use find an immigration advisor on GOV.UK for information on how to find an immigration adviser in your local area.

Information for businesses

The government have produced national guidance on how to prepare your business for EU Exit.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs have also released videos and leaflets about changes at UK border you may want to prepare for, in case of a no deal Brexit.

Locally, the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has provided information on preparing to Exit the EU through the Berkshire Business Hub.

Council preparations

The council is continuing to evaluate and understand the potential local implications of Brexit. A number of steps are being taken to reduce any negative impacts and to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

The council is taking a joined up approach to planning by making sure that we work closely across teams and with external suppliers. This will ensure the continuity of services for businesses and residents. We are in regular communication with wider networks to ensure efficient planning and response mechanisms.

Response to requests for information on our preparations

We hold a number of documents relating to the potential impact of the EU exit on Bracknell Forest which, given the fluidity of the situation, are subject to frequent change.

Information recorded by us for the purposes of planning for the EU exit is exempt from disclosure at this stage, under Section 36 (2)(b)(i)(ii) and 36 (2)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is because disclosure would be likely to inhibit the free and frank provision of advice and exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation and prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.

More information

The information on this page will be kept as up-to-date as possible. It was last updated 16 August 2019.

For more information, please visit the Department for Existing the European Union.

Download the Brexit timeline briefing paper.